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Mortar Matching for Brick Repair
Brick Repair/Masonry Repair Services
Repairing Brick Mortar Cracks
Masonry repair, brick repair, tuckpointing, crack repair, or re-pointing all refer to the process of fixing damaged or deteriorated mortar joints and cracked or crumbling bricks. Depending on the masonry structure, there may be different requirements or preparations needed to complete the repairs, but the general process of brick mortar restoration is the same. The procedure of how to repair mortar cracks and deterioration is as follows: Planning, pre-repair preparation, preparing masonry for repointing, installation, and cleanup.
Brick Repair Mortar
You will also need to identify the proper materials for the repair. People often want to leave this part to their contractor. Allowing the contractor this power can often result in problems because most brick repair contractors or handyman performing these repairs are un-aware of the mistakes they make when choosing the mortar. If you are allowing them to choose the mortar materials for the repair, you should at least be knowledgeable enough to know if they are doing it right. The easiest way to identify if the masonry repair contractor is getting the right mortar for repairing your house is what mortar mix they intend to use. If they are planning to use any of the pre-mixed bags of mortar from the local hardware store, they are not matching your mortar and are not repairing the cracks properly.
Masonry repair requires using a proper repair mortar that allows the mortar to bond, expand, contract, and crush at the same rate as the original mortar. The only way to match the old mortar and get a proper mortar for repair is through mortar analysis. This provides the exact mortar formula for matching your mortar type, crushing, bonding, expansion, contraction, water penetration, and other factors about your mortar that will ensure a lasting repair of the cracked mortar joints. It is recommended that you get mortar analysis and matching before contacting a brick repair company so that you are better informed before making your decision of who to hire.
Matching Brick Mortar for Repair and Repointing
Masonry Repair -Pre-Preparation
With the mortar formula and the cause of damage determined and fixed, you are ready to hire a masonry repair company to begin the repairs or begin if you are repointing the brick mortar yourself.
Brick Repair -Preparation
After you have your tools and materials available, begin removing the damaged mortar (about 3/4 inch deep or more) and the loose or damaged bricks. This process is often very dusty and loud. The mortar joints should be clean of all dust and debris before installing the brick repair mortar.
Installing Brick Pointing Mortar
Brick Repair Products
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Do-It-Yourself Brick Repair/Tuckpointing
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Brick Repair In Dallas Fort Worth
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